Roots in Resilience/Conjuring Roots

Amidst the shifting social and cultural landscape in San Francisco, how do we maintain our roots?  The Roots In Resilience Film Festival and the Conjuring Roots visual arts program will explore how our origins affect both our present and future selves.


Roots In Resilience Film Festival

The Roots In Resilience Film Festival will showcase works from various artists including youth, residents and community members exploring cross-cultural and multi-generational significances in their communities

As gentrification, a rapidly increasing tradition in San Francisco, continues to rip natives from their senses of place and belonging, one of the most visible groups undergoing such displacement are people of color.  As a shining light of of acceptance, SF has attracted thousands of diverse folk who attempt to escape prejudice in their places of origin.  However, gentrification and displacement are an extension of such origins by pulling people away from their cultural rootedness.  

The Roots In Resilience Film Festival encompasses how people from communities of color in San Francisco claim agency to the places they call home.  In order to understand the blessings of diversity and acceptance, they fearlessly attempt to also recognize struggle. Festival includes experimental, narrative and documentary shorts--all voice the power of rootedness. Our roots.

$3 suggested donation

*The film festival will be held the Bayview Opera House's temporary gallery space while the venue is under renovation.



June 19, 2016 at 1:00pm - 3:30pm


Bayview Opera House - Gallery

4720 3rd St

San Francisco, CA 94124

Conjuring Roots



Through dance, music, acrobatics and poetry by QTPOC, Conjuring Roots will reveal spiritual and ancestral traditions used to both empower and resist oppression.  

The practice of “conjuring roots” or “hoodoo” was first introduced in the United States by West Africans as the result of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and is a blend of practices from the people of the Kongo, Benin/Togo, Nigeria and others. Enslaved Africans of the Southeast, known as the Gullah, as well as those in Louisiana, were people who enjoyed an isolation and relative freedom that allowed for retention of the rituals of their West African ancestors.

These traditional nature-centered religions of West Africa were characterized by the concept that human well-being is governed by spiritual balance.  The sole purpose was to empower and improve the lives of the many African Americans who practiced such trade; contact with ancestors or other spirits of the dead being an important element of their practice.  

Over time, hoodoo became increasingly prominent in various communities and people from other cultures began practicing hoodoo as a way of improving their lives and incorporated elements from their own heritages in order to retain their sense of selves.  The hoodoo tradition is continually practiced today; its protective rituals empowering its practitioners in particularly urban areas which continuously attempt to overcome and resist modern oppression.

QTPOC mixed heritage artists will reveal what decolonization and healing looks like today while embodying themselves during the program as bearers and creators of spiritual traditions and ancestral practices that empower and resist oppression, much like the practices of early West Africans, giving artistic voice to their ancestors’ struggles, and also honor the tools they use to support and transform themselves.


$12 - $20 Sliding Scale


June 30, 2016 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm


Flight Deck

1540 Broadway

Oakland, CA 94612

United States

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